Farmers’ protest: Rakesh Tikait to tour 5 states in to drum up support for agitation

Rakesh Tikait, , one of the faces of ongoing farmers’ agitation against Narendra Modi government’s new farm laws, will be touring five states in March to drum up support for the agitation.

This tour of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader will begin on March 1, news agencies reported.

“Farmers’ meetings will be held in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, while two meetings will also be held in Uttar Pradesh in March,” BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik told presser.

Two of these meetings will be held in Rajasthan, three in Madhya Pradesh, and another three in Karnataka on March 20, 21 and 22, Malik said.

One more event is scheduled for Telangana on March 6, permission for which is yet to be granted.

The ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 95th day today.

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The protest started on November 26, 2020.

The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system being retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear that the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming.